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Bastiaan Blok


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PhD Student
Bandim Health Project, Statens Serum Institut

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Biography
I studied Medicine at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, from 2005-2013. During my studies I found my main interests lay with infectious diseases and the way the immune system works. Because of this interest I did two scientific internships at the Nijmegen Institute for Infection, Inflammation and Immunity during which I looked at aspecific immunological memory of the innate immune system, termed trained immunity. Through these internships I got in contact with the work done by the Bandim Health Project on non-specific effects of BCG vaccination. In the project I am working on now I am trying to integrate the concept of trained immunity with the non-specific effects of vaccination.
In the future I would like to combine my research activities with clinical work in infectious diseases of intensive care.
Affiliations
University of Southern Denmark. Research Center for Vitamins and Vaccines, CVIVA, Statens Serum Institut. Nijmegen Institute for Infection, Inflammation and Immunity
Research interests
In my research I am focusing on how vaccines (mainly BCG) can induce changes in the innate immune system resulting in non-specific beneficial or detrimental effects on human health, and how these effects can be used to optimize vaccination strategies.
Keywords 
Trained immunity, non-specific vaccine effects, BCG, immunomodulation     


Last revised 19 December 2016

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